|ALEXANDRIA, VA. (04/15/13) – TEAM Coalition (Techniques for Effective Alcohol Management) celebrated both the NCAA® Women’s and Men’s Final Fours® with the fifth year of the organization’s drunk driving prevention initiative, TEAMUp2Win!® TEAM Coalition is an alliance of professional and collegiate sports, entertainment facilities, concessionaires, stadium service providers, the beer industry, distillers, broadcasters, governmental traffic safety experts and others working together to promote responsible drinking and positive fan behavior at sports and entertainment facilities. This national program capitalized on the excitement of the 2013 NCAA® Men’s and Women’s Final Fours® and encouraged fans to celebrate responsibly.To participate in TEAMUp2Win!, individuals made the “Responsibility Has Its Rewards” pledge to:
- Never drive drunk
- Always have a designated driver
- Never provide alcohol to anyone under 21 years of age
- Always buckle up every trip every time
Thousands of fans across the country made the pledge. Each had a chance to win one of two grand prizes, a trip for two to the 2013 NCAA® Men’s Final Four® or a trip for two to the 2013 NCAA® Women’s Final Four®, provided courtesy of the NCAA.
The Men’s Final Four® prize winner was Grant Gee. He traveled from Evansville, Illinois to Atlanta and received two tickets to the 2013 NCAA®Men’s Final Four® games on Saturday April 6th and received two tickets to the championship game on Monday, April 8th at the Georgia Dome.
Click here to view the Men’s TEAMUp2Win! winner
The Women’s Final Four® prize winner was Bette Schmitt. She traveled from New Providence, New Jersey to New Orleans and received two tickets to the 2013 NCAA® Women’s Final Four® games on Sunday, April 7th and received two tickets to the championship game on Tuesday, April 9th at the New Orleans Arena.
Click here to view the Women’s TEAMUp2Win! winner
TEAM Coalition executive director, Jill Pepper, said, “TEAMUp2Win! reaches fans beyond the basketball arena, reminding them to celebrate NCAA® March Madness® responsibly.” Mary Wilfert, associate director of Health and Safety for the NCAA, said, “As a member of TEAM Coalition, the NCAA is very excited to partner with the TEAMUp2Win! promotion, and to encourage fans of NCAA March Madness to make their responsibility pledges so that all basketball fans can safely enjoy the games!” Visit TEAMUp2Win.org for more information. Participants must be 21 years of age or older.
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About TEAM Coalition
TEAM Coalition is an alliance of professional and collegiate sports, entertainment facilities, concessionaires, stadium service providers, the beer industry, distillers, broadcasters, governmental traffic safety experts, and others working together to promote responsible drinking and positive fan behavior at sports and entertainment facilities. TEAM’s members and supporters include the National Collegiate Athletic Association, Major League Baseball, Major League Soccer, NASCAR, the National Basketball Association, the National Football League, the National Hockey League, ARAMARK, Delaware North Companies Sportservice, Ovations Food Services, Beer Institute, National Beer Wholesalers Association, Anheuser-Busch, MillerCoors, Brown-Forman, Live Nation, National Association of Broadcasters, Contemporary Services Corporation, Elite, International Association of Venue Managers, Stadium Managers Association and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
For more information, go to www.TEAMUp2Win.org, www.TEAMCoalition.org, www.RHIR.org orwww.FansDontLetFansDriveDrunk.org###